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Cook Pharmica Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Tedd M. Green
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Pros
  • most of the people are great to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Great training program, good people to work with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The company will talk a lot about work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • They hire people with no experience and make them managers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good, helpful people, friendly, good work life balance

    Cons

    client work is priority, inability to independently research


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Greatly Disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll learn a lot.

    It seems like a good place at first.

    Cost of living is very reasonable.

    Good schools and a nice community for families who are raising kids.

    Cons

    The people are so burned out, jaded, and demoralized that they have lost the ability to participate in creating a positive work place environment. This is a truly miserable place to work. Retention rate is around 75%. They have Relocation packages that require you to pay them back if you leave in less than 3 years and make you sign non competes. What this means is that people they recruit from outside of the area stay for 3 years and then leave ASAP. The only people they retain are the ones in the area because the noncompete means they can't work anywhere else in the area. These folks only stay because their family is in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Your culture is a mess, and the only thing that is going to change this is by creating a positive work environment. This starts at the top with the VPs. The VPs need to demand positive culture, and the fact that they do not is costing this company millions of dollars by creating a retention rate that is worst I've ever seen.


  3. "Decent job, great environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is easy going, and direct management is not overbearing.

    Cons

    Understaffed, not much direct contact with management. I feel like my boss doesn't really know what I do.


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  5. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Representative in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - QA Representative in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cook Pharmica (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training program, good people to work with. Many people keep to themselves, but are nice.

    Cons

    Pay could be better. Insurance doesn't start until you've worked there for 8 weeks. Only 7 holidays.

    Advice to Management

    HR should inform perspective employees better of company benefits.


  6. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for with a great family mentality. The Company takes care of its employees and there is plenty of room for career advancement.

    Cons

    At times the production schedule can seem hectic however that comes with a growing company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lab Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cook Pharmica full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of...you get a paycheck I guess. Really that's about it for positives...is this twenty words yet..

    Cons

    No training, ignores new hires, after you sit in a 2 to 4 day lecture style orientation you finally get to see your department only to have your mentor sit with their back to you and treat you like a piece of furniture. Supervisor was in a different area on the other side of the building, you're not actually in a lab but a tiny concrete room. Don't waste your time!

    Advice to Management

    Don't blow off new employees and make sure their 'mentor' actually trains them. Don't wait 2 days to show a new hire where they'll work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Be careful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people. Beautiful building. Interesting environment.

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor pay. Not clear job security.


  9. "Fantastic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture at Cook Pharmica is such a friendly atmosphere, everyone is willing to help or teach one another at any given time. It makes for a very tell trained and flexible work force.

    Cons

    Pay is a little below average and navigating through the complex can be difficult at times due to all of the key card door locks that are specific to departments.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees access to more of the building. It's very difficult to get to where you need to go if one of the areas you normally travel through is roped off.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Ambivalent Experience - Worst part of my day was coming here to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, exposure to many facets of the industry. Beautiful facility, they invest more money in lawn care, conference rooms, and fancy signage throughout the facility than the wages of their employees.

    Cons

    After 10+ years of being in business they still do not have the basic procedures and processes streamlined to meet the real world need for their business. The facility is not designed for the needs of their clients and business. You are either a delegator in the chain, a fireman putting out fires, or a lowly hourly employee that higher ups never fail to remind what your place is in their eyes. An unprofessional, unbalanced, and dysfunctional workplace masquerading as an industry leader. I have never worked for a more class biased and republican minded company. Horrible work life balance. Far below industry standard wages. Compensation for merit reviews are a joke and don't even cover the cost of healthcare increases every year when they have their own clinic. Interns make more than hourly employees with 3-5 years experience. They have an abuser mindset. "Well you allowed yourself to be taken advantage of." Irrational policies for hourly employees. Bill Cook would be ashamed of what this place has become, despite all of their rhetoric. Turnover is extremely high. People work here to get experience and go elsewhere. I've heard it's a decent place to work if you are salaried. But even they are spending all their time putting out fires. Will be laying off any day now only a matter of time.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it off to Pfizer or Lilly and stick to Medical Device Manufacturing. You have no idea what you are doing or how much you belittle your employees while simultaneously patting yourselves on the back for giving us the "privilege" of working here. People who come here and put up with your institutionalized bs because there aren't any better jobs in the immediate area. The second you get a large direct competitor in the same city you are done. But being Cook Group has engrained itself in state and local politics under the guise of benevolence that will never happen.


  11. "A great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Intern in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Intern in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cook Pharmica full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The working environment is very good

    Cons

    Location is not very good


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